Emilia Clarke had to undergo two brain surgeries in the last eight years.
The “Games of Thrones” star made the revelation in a story she wrote for the New Yorker.
Her health problems began in 2011, when she was 24 years old and had just finished shooting the first season of “Game of Thrones.”
During a gym session, she began to experience pains and an unusual feeling in her head, and later began to feel violently ill.
The disgnosis: a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a life-threatening type of stroke, caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain.
About a third of SAH patients die immediately or soon thereafter.
She ended up going through a three-hour surgery and then spent four days in the ICU.
Two years later, Clarke’s doctors found a second aneurysm that required another surgery.
They made it clear that her chances of surviving were precarious if they didn’t operate again and she subsequently spent a month in the hospital.
Clarke says she has since healed beyond her most unreasonable hopes.
And she wants to help others not just by sharing her story, but encouraging donations to the charity, “SameYou,” which provides treatment for people recovering from brain injuries.